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        MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 4, 2004 - No. 18

  The new school year is about to begin and we hope that the
  cataloging activity helps you find the resources you need to
  use technology in your mathematics classroom.

  As you browse the catalog, please take a moment to rate and
  possibly leave a comment or a review!

  Computer Tools at PreK-2
  Bethany asks, "I have some concern, and I've heard it voiced by
  other teachers who teach at this level too, that using computer
  tools to explore mathematics is really not appropriate."

  Using TI-84 in Math A classroom
  Suzanne writes, "Is it appropriate for math teachers to allow
  use of the TI 84+ Silver in a Math A classroom? Are there any
  Math A (high school course for students not ready yet to take
  Algebra 1) teachers with an opinion to share?"

  Special Needs
  Brienne explains, "I'm new to math tools but have found many
  links that will be an asset to Special Education and am curious
  if there are any other Special Ed. teachers who have other
  resources or recommendations for tools to use.

  Tool: Ball and Urn Experiment
  Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, Univ. of Alabama at Huntsville
  Simulates drawing balls from an urn, with or without
  replacement. Specify number of balls, number of red balls, and
  number drawn.

  Tool: Five Frame
  NCTM Illuminations
  In this interactive five-frames tool, users practice counting
  and adding to ten. The frames help users think of numbers in
  relation to 5.

  Tool: Fill and Pour
  National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
  Fill a glass with the requested amount of liquid by filling,
  emptying, and pouring between it and a second container. Click
  the "New Problem" button to generate new parameters; "Challenge"
  creates containers that make the target amounts impossible, and
  invites you to "experiment and see if you can determine why the
  given target cannot be obtained by working with the
  given containers."

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                   The Math Forum -- 4 September 2004